Steamboat briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday |

Steamboat briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday

Mackenzie Holmberg was nominated as the Optimist Club’s Teen of the Month for January.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today's monthly Coffee and a Newspaper is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday in the newspaper's office, 1901 Curve Plaza.

The topic will be about recreational marijuana sales. Guests will include Steamboat Springs Police Chief Joel Rae, who will talk about enforcement; and Kevin Fisher, co-owner of Rocky Mountain Remedies, the first business owner to open a recreational pot shop in Steamboat; and Matt Stensland, the Pilot & Today's courts and crime reporter who has been covering the new pot laws. Also attending will be Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman and Assistant Editor Laura Mazade.

Winter Carnival in need of volunteers for events

Winter Carnival begins Wednesday, and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club is in need of volunteers. Those who would like to work with the club to support this fun, creative and historical event can call 970-879-0695 or email or sign-up at

Steamboat Pentathlon registration is ongoing

The city of Steamboat Springs Recreation Division announces registration for the 23rd annual Steamboat Pentathlon on March 8 now is being accepted. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register by today, when the cost of registration increases. Registration will remain open until March 3. All entries will receive an event T-shirt and lunch and will be entered into the prize raffle drawing.

The Pentathlon is a five-stage winter multisport race that includes alpine skiing/riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking and running with standard and short courses available. Registrants can enter as a team or as an individual.

The Pentathlon is part of the Steamboat Springs Running Series. To register or for more information, visit http://www.steam

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Homberg nominated as Optimist Teen of the Month

Mackenzie Holmberg was nominated as the Optimist Club's Teen of the Month for January.

Mackenzie Holmberg, a 17-year-old senior at Steamboat Springs High School, was named the Optimist Club's Teen of the Month for January, according to a news release.

Holmberg, who holds a 3.6 GPA, volunteers her time as a 4-H/FFA Junior Livestock Sale Committee member; 2012 presidential election volunteer student judge; 4-H Community Pride projects including Toys for Tots, Tread of Pioneers Museum, Autism Awareness and donating picnic tables to the fairgrounds; mission trips in 2010 and 2012 with Come, Let's Dance to Uganda; helps with weekend clinics to teach 4-H kids about ranch horse versatility; and promotes the Routt County Fair as 2014 Routt County Fair queen.

Holmberg plans to attend the University of Wyoming in fall 2014. She plans to major in business and minor in ag-business. Her future goals are to continue to ride and show horses and promote youth development.

"I like to set myself big goals and I have high expectations for myself," she said. "I am not sure where I'll be after my college education is finished, but I know I'll be doing something I love."

Holmberg's advice to other students to is find what makes them happy and do it.

"Chase your dreams and live life to the fullest," she said. "Most of all, remember that younger kids look up to you, so be a good role model."

John Pietig named to Creighton's dean's list

John Pietig, of Steamboat Springs and a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, was named to the fall 2013 dean's list at Creighton University.

Full-time students who rank in the top 10 percent of their class for the semester and earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the dean's list.

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